Use Different Inks to Make a Congrats Graduation Card

by Iris Rodriguez

Use Different Inks to Make a Congrats Graduation Card

Graduation season is upon us. As much as it a joyous time in anyone’s life, you feel the pressure of the final exams, think about that next phase of your life and probably make a big move. Don’t forget the grad in your life, and make him/her a fun, grungy card. I will show you how you can create a simple, yet layered background with fun ruler embellishments and matching sentiment.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Smoosh the Turquoise Gem VersaMagic ink onto the Imagine Craft Mat.


Step 2

Spray water over the ink. Smoosh the watercolor paper and create a random background. Dry the paper.


Step 3

Stencil the gears with the Vintage Sepia VersaFine ink and Inkblusher.


Step 4

Using the palette knife and modeling paste, stencil another image.


Step 5

Spray some Walnut Ink, then brush the ink with a wet brush. Dry paper.


Step 6

Stamp the ruler stamps with the Piano Black StazOn Pigment ink.


Step 7

Cut out the rulers and ink the edges with the Piano Black StazOn Pigment ink.


Step 8

Assemble card. Glue on the rulers and add a sentiment.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor Paper
  • The Crafters Workshop – 6×6 Gears stencil
  • Carabelle Studio – Steampunk Metre stamp
  • Stampendous – Ruler stamp
  • Liquitex – Modeling Paste

Use a Beautiful Coral Color on These Cute Panda Birthday Cards

by Elina Stromberg

Use a Beautiful Coral Color on These Cute Panda Birthday Cards

Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute declares a particular color “Color of the Year”. It is chosen in a secret meeting of representatives from various nations’ color standards groups, and the result of the meeting is communicated in Pantone View, which fashion designers and other consumer-oriented companies purchase and use as guidance for their future product designs.

This year the Pantone Color of the Year is “Living Coral”. It is described as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge”. Lovely! To celebrate this newly released Color of the Year “Living Coral” is also the color of the month for Imagine AIR’s. I must admit that coral is very rarely seen on my crafting projects, but I was quite surprised how yummy this rich red color looked on my card creation. Especially when contrasted with simple light grey hues!

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Layer two stencils on the card background: Place the patterned stencil on the background paper and a circle stencil on top. Secure on your crafting mat with masking tape. Apply ‘Electric Coral’ Radiant Neon ink through the stencil with a sponge dauber. Remove both stencils.


Step 2

Place the inked background paper on a sheet of printing paper. Pour clear embossing powder over the stenciled and inked area. Pour any extra embossing powder onto the printing paper and funnel the extra powder back into its container. Heat the embossing powder with a heating tool until completely melted. Trim the decorated paper to size and mat on a piece of coral colored cardstock.


Step 3

Stamp the panda image and sentiment text with black ink on white paper. Cut out and glue on the card front. Attach card on white card base using double-sided tape. When the card was finished the stencil still had still coral ink on it, so I decided to use it for another fun card background: I misted the inked part of the stencil gently with water, placed it upside down on a piece of grey patterned paper, and transferred the ink on the paper by rolling the stencil background with a brayer.


Step 4

Then I removed the stencil, let the ink dry, and dabbed a thin layer of coral ink on the pattern. Then I repeated the mounting on coral cardstock and used a different panda image for this card. I think this reverse version of the stencil pattern looks very nice, too!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Light grey patterned paper
  • Coral cardstock
  • White paper
  • White card base
  • Heat gun
  • Brayer
  • Water mister
  • Stamps: Stampin’Up: Party Pandas
  • Stencils: Circle stencil
  • TCW: Botanical Garden (6”x6”)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape

See How VersaFine Ink Can Be Used with Copic Markers and Stenciling

by Melissa Andrew

Today, I share how to use VersaFine Clair in multiple ways! This fabulous ink allows for crisp clean stamping. However, it also can be used over many mediums including Alcohol Markers, like Copics. It works wonderfully for embossing sentiments even on vellum and can be used under many mediums such as Perfect Medium. Today, I share a few of my favorite techniques using VersaFine Clair.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Whimsy Stamps – Hugs Bunny Clear stamp set
  • Copic markers
  • Cardstock – white, blue
  • Bristol Smooth cardstock
  • Vellum
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Heat Tool
  • Stencil

Make A “Sending Good Vibes For 2019” New Years Card

by Iris Rodriguez

Make A "Sending Good Vibes For 2019" New Years Card

The New Year is upon us. Wow! Where does time go? As we think about our New Year’s resolutions and plans; don’t forget to send well wishes to friends and family with this easy, fun and whimsical card using a few supplies.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Spray Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Lady Bug, Bamboo Leaves, Summer Breeze and Dandelion over a stencil. Set aside to dry.


Step 2

Stamp the New Years sentiment. Another option is to print a sentiment or favorite quote out. This is what I have done in this case. I downloaded a free Hippy font style from the internet, added to my Microsoft Office software. I then, cut the sentiment, darkened the edges with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne. Finally, I adhered the sentiment onto the card using On Point Glue and finished assembling the card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Watercolor paper
  • Sentiment stamp
  • DecoArt Americana Stencil

Create Beautiful Designs with Gold Rinea Foil and StazOn Ink

by Iris Rodriguez

This month we have the fun challenge to make projects using Rinea foils. There are so many fun things you can do with these foils; you can stamp on it, paint, use with mediums or create 3D decorative projects. I like how the gold foil and black look together. For my card, I used Imagine’s GlazOn to seal the foil; it protects the foil and acts as a primer, which allows the ink to better adhere. I stenciled in my design with StazOn ink.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Seal the Gold Rinea foil with Light Gloss or Glossy GlazOn. It protects the foil and acts as a primer, which allows the ink to better adhere. Allow the GlazOn to dry, it dries very fast.


Step 2

Determine the size of your sentiment. I stamped the sentiment with individual alphabet stamps. If you’re doing the same, stamp the whole on a scratch piece of paper to determine the size. Rip apart a scratch piece of paper to a size that will fit the height of the sentiment, plus a little space above and below it. Place the paper about 2/3 down from the top of the foil. The paper will protect the area where the sentiment will be stamped.


Step 3

Using an InkBlusher and Jet Black StazOn ink, stencil the design onto the foil.


Step 4

Stamp the sentiment. Assemble the card. I hope you enjoyed this project and will give it a try. You can count on us to keep bringing you card making and mixed media project ideas, keep visiting the Imagine blog.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Rinea Foils – Glossy Ebony and Gold Pack
  • Cardstock paper-Black
  • Crafter’s Workshop stencils- Numbers – (6×6 inches)
  • Alphabet stamps

Check Out This Fun Mixed Media Door Hanger Project

by Steph Ackerman

Mixed media projects consist of a variety of projects in all shapes and sizes. Mixed media means you can mix an assortment of products to create a one of a kind piece of artwork. So decide on your base, grab some items from your stash, several colors of ink, a stencil and let your imagination flow. Create with no expectations and see what happens. In today’s tutorial, I put together a beautiful door hanger in a lavender and dandelion color scheme.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Directions


Step 1

Paint door hanger with black gesso; alternatively use a black door hanger. Place stencil on top. Use Creative Medium with a palette knife randomly about the door hanger. Allow to dry thoroughly.


Step 2

Ink assorted chipboard elements with VersaMagic in Purple Hydrangea and Brilliance in Sunflower Yellow, or choose the ink colors that speak to you.


Step 3

Add shimmer by spritzing several chipboard elements with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Dandelion.


Step 4

Stamp a phrase using VersaFine Clair in Nocturne on a wood sign. Ink a portion of the image stamp with VersaFine Clair in Nocturne and stamp around the oval chipboard element.


Step 5

Using the doily as the base, determine the position of each element. Use On Point Glue to adhere the elements. Glue doily to door hanger. Wrap twine around the heart and adhere. Add twine to the stamped tag and adhere.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Door Hanger
  • The Crafter’s Workshop – Stencil
  • Unity Stamp Co. – Stamp
  • Paper Doily
  • Metal, chipboard elements
  • Black Gesso
  • Twine